Date: December 24th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Below the bays is a removable panel with a vented panel to supply air to the 230mm red LED intake fan. The panel is easily removable for cleaning and maintenance. 140mm and 120mm fans can be placed here in lieu of the 230 if you wish.
The I/O panel is very full-featured and sports a pair of USB 3.0 ports, eSATA and FireWire ports plus two USB2.0 ports along with the customary front panel audio jacks. A sliding panel reveals the power and reset buttons along with a button to turn the LED fan lighting effects on or off.
The top pf the chassis features meshed areas that will support a pair of 200mm fans, but Cooler Master only supplies one in this area. We'll discuss the cooling options once we crack the case and get inside, but there are a couple of surprises up here.
Depressing six plastic tabs releases the top cover revealing the top 200mm exhaust fan and the mounting bars for a big radiator. Also located up here is the front panel I/O cabling that features the twin USB 3.0 cables. This solution is not what you'd call elegant, but will have to do until we get a motherboard pinheader standard. Don't have USB 3.0 support on your motherboard?